No gas, nothing to eat: Fresh protests in Sri Lanka amid economic crisis

New Delhi: Amid the ongoing political and economic turmoil, fresh protests erupted in Sri Lanka on Friday night when protesters, battling food and fuel shortages, agitated outside Slave Island PS in Colombo, ANI reported. Visuals released by news agency ANI showed a large group of protesters with empty LPG cylinders raising slogans against the government […]
 


No gas, nothing to eat: Fresh protests in Sri Lanka amid economic crisis

New Delhi: Amid the ongoing political and economic turmoil, fresh protests erupted in Sri Lanka on Friday night when protesters, battling food and fuel shortages, agitated outside Slave Island PS in Colombo, ANI reported. Visuals released by news agency ANI showed a large group of protesters with empty LPG cylinders raising slogans against the government as Sri Lanka goes through the worst economic crisis the country has ever faced.

“No gas, nothing to eat. We have been here since last night. Now they say they don’t have it. I haven’t got gas for 2 months,” a protester told ANI.

 

It comes after the Sri Lankan government on Saturday lifted a nationwide curfew for 12 hours, and tightened restrictions were eased as new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe sought to form a government, killing nine people in clashes with anti-government groups.

Supporters of former prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stormed an anti-government protest camp in the commercial capital Colombo, burned tents and clashed with protesters after more than a month of peaceful protests against the government turned violent this week.

 

More than 300 were also injured in the initial clashes and retaliation against government figures.

The government lifted the curfew on Saturday from 6 am (0030 GMT) to 6 pm.

Rajapaksa stepped down after violence broke out on Monday, leaving his younger brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa to rule as president.